Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(14) 11 Goals 6 (10)
(8) 4 Assists 4 (7)
(6.7) 6.9 Average Ratings 7.1 (7.2)
27.6 Average Age 25.2
182.1 Average Height (cm) 184.1
(0.9) 0.9 Shots pg 1.5 (1.6)
(49%) 54% Aerial Duel Success 60% (59%)
(0.9) 0.8 Dribbles pg 1.5 (1.1)
(1.1) 0.9 Tackles pg 2.3 (2.3)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Europa League.

Missing Players

No missing players.
Player Reason Status Rating
Karim Bellarabi Out 8.72

Team News

  • After a booking in the reverse fixture left-back Melgarejo joins Matic and Almeida on one caution away from a suspension.
  • Matic and Cardozo missed the league game with Academica at the weekend through suspension but are eligible to play here, with the latter netting the decider in Leverkusen last time out.
  • Elsewhere the likes of Pereira, Perez and Salvio could come into the side in place of Almeida, Gomes and Urreta respectively.
  • For the visitors, centre-backs Schwaab and Friedrich are both a booking away from picking up a one-match ban.
  • The likes of Omer Toprak, Daniel Carvajal and Stefan Reinartz could return to the side having been rested during the first leg, with Leverkusen not playing Bundesliga bottom club Furth until Sunday.
  • At left-back Sebastian Boenisch and Michal Kadlec vie for a start, while Sidney Sam may be preferred as a more attacking option to sacrifice one of the German outfit's defence-minded midfielders.

Prediction

  • Benfica hold the advantage in this tie and will be aiming to protect an unbeaten run of 24 matches, with their only home defeat this season coming at the hands of Barcelona back in October.
  • In contrast, Leverkusen haven't won any of their last 4 competitive matches on the road and face an extremely tough task in overturning what is an admittedly narrow deficit.
  • The visitors will need to look to the likes of Schurrle, Kießling and Castro for attacking inspiration but could leave themselves exposed at times and the hosts should profit in turn.
Prediction:
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Comments (7)

 
  • Wawa, it happened to be one of the worst games by Benfica all season. Also, we played with 4 starters on the bench.

  • @Ventilan lol no, why? Leverkusen is Germans 3. and beat Bavaria this season. Look the ratings, Leverkusen lose and have higher ratings, 55% possession 19:10 shots..

  • 1-1

  • 1-1

  • "0 2", "1:2". You guys must be from Leverkusen.

  • 1:2

  • 0 2 for leverkusen

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